I've got an ambient spacey up-tempo techno music playing loudly in my headphones as I work, so I can't hear what's going on around me.
But I certainly see it, and now I remember why I always used to get a table here facing the front glass of the restaurant, not facing towards the back.
There's a TV here. It's on. And the news is playing.
I'm in one of the safest cities in the world, Taipei, and yet it's constantly running through crime, criminals, muggings, break-ins... I don't know exactly, my Chinese wouldn't be good enough to understand each story if I could hear the TV.
Which I can't, because of the techno.